WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) forces, supported by the US-led coalition against Daesh, are getting ready to seize the Syrian city of Manbij controlled by the terrorists, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release on Thursday.
"Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) elements have consolidated their position around Manbij in anticipation of the next phase of operations to secure the city," CENTCOM stated.
Since the beginning of Manbij offensive on May 31, the US coalition has conducted 233 airstrikes in support of the operation, according to the release.
CENTCOM said the SAC has been witnessing the large foreign fighter influence in Manbij.
"This information will be vital in continuing to protect Turkey, wider Europe, and the United States from this threat," the release said.
Daesh is a terrorist group that has captured extensive portions of both Syria and Iraq, over which it has established a self-proclaimed caliphate. The terror group is outlawed in Russia and a significant number of other countries across the globe.